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Emergency 101 – What Happens During Disaster?

Behind the scenes of training day at Tioga County Emergency Services

 

by Kristine Worthington - July 26, 2016

We know from watching the news that disasters come in many forms and can strike unexpectedly. Have you ever wondered if Tioga County is prepared to respond effectively if disaster strikes our region? Tioga County Department of Emergency Services coordinator Benton Best and his staff recently participated in an exercise to prove their readiness. On Tuesday, July 19th, multiple agencies from several surrounding counties, conducted a training exercise in the county’s emergency operations center.

During a disaster multiple incidents can be occurring at the same time. The emergency may require response efforts from several agencies to be coordinated. In Tuesday’s exercise, elected officials and county emergency management coordinators were supported by Fred Boylstein from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

If an emergency situation occurs our front line 911 dispatchers route incoming calls to the emergency operation center. In the event that our primary communication systems fail, amateur radio volunteers provide a backup communications network. If disaster strikes, communication between agencies must be continuous and successful.

Tioga County is very fortunate to have great support from our county commissioners. During the exercise, the commissioners enact the role of the senior policy group which has the ability to pass emergency resolution and declare a disaster on behalf of Tioga County. On a regularly scheduled basis, all sections of the emergency center meet and exchange information in order to get updates on all ongoing incidents.

We at Wellsboro Home Page thank all the agencies and volunteers that do so much to ensure the safety of Tioga County citizens.

HOW IT ALL WORKS

Intelligence- The law enforcement intelligence section is responsible for conducting background research of potential dangerous actors or terrorists.

Operations- The operations section is responsible for the individual responders in the field and making sure that they have the support they need. One of the key tools available to the staff is the ability to map emergency scenes in real time. This is done through our geo-spacial information office.

Command- The command section ensures that everyone in the entire operation remains. In the command section, the public information officer writes press releases and shapes the message to the public during the ongoing emergency.

Logistics- The logistics section is responsible for identifying available resources and getting them to the scene for emergency responders.

Planning- The planning section performs real-time situational awareness assessment and develops a plan for the next steps of the response.

Credits:

Idea/Concept: John Vogt, Benton Best

Videography: Andrew Moore, John Vogt, Drew Patrick

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Kristine Worthington

Anchor: Benton Best

Correspondent: Lauren Gooch, Drew Patrick

Photography: Lauren Gooch, Drew Patrick

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Xtreme Internet, UPMC Susquehanna

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